How to Use Green Tea to Reduce Hair Fall (and Stimulate Growth) - hair buddha

How to Use Green Tea to Reduce Hair Fall (and Stimulate Growth)

 

Green tea is a fantastic natural home remedy to reduce shedding, strengthen hair and add luster to it. Let’s get to know green tea more.

Some time ago my parents visited Darjeeling, a town in the Himalayan foothills. If you are a tea drinker, you would know Darjeeling is famous for its tea plantation. The place has steep slopes, well-drained soil and high elevation — where cool air meets warm air. These are the perfect conditions for the camellia sinensis plant or tea plant to grow and produce top-quality tea.

So the obvious gift to get from Darjeeling is tea. And my parents brought me a couple of bags of loose green tea. I was excited to receive green tea, which I had not tasted before. But the excitement faded away with the first sip (it’s not for me). Since then it has just been sitting in my cupboard waiting for its turn. As I am hair obsessed, after reading about amazing hair benefits of green tea, I thought of putting it to some hair use.

Amazing Benefits of Green Tea for your Hair & Scalp

While green tea comes from the same plant as black, it undergoes minimal processing, leaving it with more antioxidants and nutrients.

It’s these antioxidants as well as the presence of caffeine that help reduce hair loss and prolong the anagen stage – which is the active growing stage of hair. Some studies show that antioxidants in the form of polyphenols can inhibit the formation of DHT – the hormone that causes male and female pattern baldness (or androgenic alopecia).

Green tea is a good source of panthenol, the famous hair vitamin often used in shampoos and conditioners to strengthen hair. It also contains a unique amino acids called theanine. This amino acid along with panthenol work to strengthen the hair shaft and help prevent split ends.

Besides, green tea has wonderful tonic and astringent qualities that seal in moisture and add shine and luster to hair.

In addition, the vitamin C in green tea can protect your hair and scalp from sun damage. And if you have scalp issues such as psoriasis or dandruff, green tea can bring relief from it.

How to Make Green Tea Hair Rinse 

You need green tea and water to make the basic rinse. And it will work just fine if you have an oily scalp. But for those of you with dry scalp, green teas astringent qualities can be further drying for your scalp. I generally like to use it with conditioning herbs such as chamomile, lavender or fenugreek seeds. 

you will need:

Optional add-ins

  • 1 tablespoon chamomile flowers (soothes scalp and conditions hair)
  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender flowers (balances scalp oils and softens hair)
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds (nourishes and moisturises hair)

Making

Place the green tea in a pot or jug. You can also add one or more of the conditioning herbs: chamomile, lavender and fenugreek seeds. Pour hot water over it.

Let it steep, covered. Once the tea cools, strain and use.

How To Use

Use as a final rinse. Pour the green tea water into your hair. Work it into your scalp and hair and leave it on for 3 to 5 minutes. Then rinse off with cool water to lock in the shine. You can use this tea one or twice a week.

If you are wondering how green tea can have an effect in a few minutes sitting on the scalp. Well, a study shows that it can penetrate the hair follicles just after 2 minutes of applying. Which is fantastic. 

Tip: You can use squeeze/applicator bottle for easy pouring. 

Green tea water as a hair wash

This tea has cleansing qualities, so you can use it as a mild shampoo after a sweaty work out or whenever your hair needs some freshening up. And it even works in hard water.

Buying Green Tea 

You can buy loose green tea or buy a box of green tea bags. Make sure the ingredient is pure green tea, without any additives. Or you won’t get the results.

I personally prefer loose green tea as it has minimal packaging, therefore environmental friendly.

Do you use green tea hair rinse? I would love to know it works for you…

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